We’d say you’d be shocked to hear where your tax dollars are going —but this is the federal government we’re talking about here. Look no further than the billions lost in COVID fraud, unemployment insurance scams, and questionable medical studies.
…$36 million dollars was allocated by the Feds to address why stress makes peoples’ hair gray.
So the latest gimmicky spending won’t be a surprise to anyone —especially readers of The Drill Down who have read a fair share about wasteful spending. Today we’re talking federal mascots: Sammy Soil, Milkshake the Cow, Power Panther, and more think tank brain droppings.
The federal government spends $1 billion dollars a year in self-promotion —and that includes some pretty, for lack of a better word, lame ideas.
According to Full Measure News, your tax money is being spent on mascots like Owlie Skywarn and Sanctuary Sam, representing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration —not to mention the strange cereal box rejects mentioned above.
Iowa Senator Joni Ernst has introduced new legislation to try to end taxpayer-funded projects used for propaganda. She tabulated the cost of custom-made costumes, Full Measure reports.
“Overall on mascots the federal government has spent over $250,000, a quarter of a million dollars, on mascots nobody can name or even identify,” Ernst says. “There are things we should be spending our dollars on, but not this. These mascots aren’t memorable. People don’t know who they are, what they’re trying to teach us —they don’t care about them and yet we continue to spend money on them.”
Here’s a quick look at some give-a-ways the federal government is having you pay for:
$605,000 for coloring books,
$60,000 on key chains,
$33,000 for snuggie blankets,
$17,000 for koozies to keep your drinks cold,
And $16,000 for fidget spinners.
“A lot of waste. A lot of dollars just wrapped up in little gimmicks,” Ernst says. That’s why she’s introducing The Swag Act —to eliminate this wasteful spending.
“The federal government has what I call mission creep, and we start to spend dollars on things that aren’t really our mission as a federal government,” Ernst says. “We have gone through this year, after year. An agency will develop a mascot. Nobody pays attention. The next agency will do that. They’ll start spending dollars in areas they shouldn’t be spending dollars. It’s okay for one agency, so the next gets away with it. We’ve got to stop that. We’ve got to stop the wasteful spending.”
I think, even in this divisive political climate, Americans can agree: we don’t need Sammy Soil.